COPD is a common lung disease that makes breathing harder over time. Symptoms continue to worsen and interfere with activities of daily living like walking, eating and caring for oneself. Healthful eating is critical to provide extra energy and improve health outcomes.
Elders with COPD are at a much greater risk of malnutrition and its serious consequence like falls, fractures and trips to the hospital. To reduce risk of malnutrition, encourage extra calories and nutrient dense foods. Try these tips for improved nutrition and better breathing: Read More
Those with Alzheimer’s or dementia sometimes forget the normal routines of eating like how to use spoons and forks, open packages or the motion of moving food to the mouth. Caregivers can offer cues on eating or make modifications to meals to encourage independence. Focus on matching the elder’s physical and cognitive abilities with the appropriate level of personal control. Read More
It’s a great time to remind caregivers to include the kitchen in their spring cleaning plans. Follow these simple tips to target harmful bacteria and other pests, prevent waste from spoiled food and keep the kitchen spic and span.
We know that sometimes just getting an elder to eat can be a challenge. They may tell their caregiver they are not hungry, or food just doesn’t appeal to them. Research has confirmed time and again that good nutrition can improve chronic conditions and increase an elder’s vitality.
Trouble chewing or swallowing, side effects of medication, chronic disease and even loneliness can all contribute to poor appetite. No matter the cause, eating poorly leads to weight and muscle loss, decreased strength and mobility and a greater risk of falls or entering the hospital. Read More
Ivy Tech Community College- the county's largest statewide community college system recently partnered with Caregivers Kitchen to begin offering Culinary Skills for Caregivers Hybrid Training.
Beginning in 2018, Caregivers Kitchen's courses will be offered at the Ft. Wayne, Bloomington, Sellersburg, Valparaiso and Lake County Campuses.
There are many things we can do as caregivers to protect our elderly clients – covering coughs, washing hands and getting our own flu vaccine. But we often overlook one thing – an elder’s own immune system. It is true that the immune system in older adults is slower to recognize and rid the body of germs. But a slower immune system can still do its part in protecting against the flu and other viruses. Here are a few simple tips for immune support. Read More